|(above) DU hockey legend John MacMillan won two national championships at DU, two Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs is still scoring goals at age 74|
By DJ Powers
The 36th annual Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament took place on July 9-16 in Santa Rosa, Caifornia. And although the University of Denver did not field an alumni team for the second straight year, the Pioneers were represented and did quite well in the tournament.
John “Johnny Two Rings” MacMillan helped the Alberta Oil Sharks successfully defend their title in the 70+ (Snoopy) Division. The Oil Sharks won all three of their games. MacMillan posted five points (three goals, two assists) in the tournament.
Former Pioneer Wayne Smith returned to the tournament after a one year absence as a member of the University of Michigan’s Old Timers in the 65 (Rerun) Division. Smith, who is a defenseman, actually played forward in this tournament, alongside Michigan head coach Red Berenson. Smith and Berenson led the Wolverines to a resounding first place finish and a perfect 3-0 record. Smith led Michigan with four goals and finished tied for second on the team with seven points. Berenson led the Wolverines with nine points (two goals, seven assists).
The Colorado Stars was the lone team hailing from the Centennial state in this year’s tournament. Colorado successfully defended their crown in the 60B (Woodstock) Division, finishing with a perfect 3-0 record. The Stars feature former DU Alumni team members Bill Goodacre (Colorado College), defenseman Bob Brawley (Michigan State), Peter McEwen (who organizes the Colorado team) and Jim Fieldy. Goodacre led this year’s team with five assists and finished tied for second on the team with seven points. Former Bemidji State standout Bruce Falk, led the Stars with five goals and nine points. Colorado also finished with the second best team plus-minus (plus-21) in the tournament.
There has been talk that the University of Denver Old Timers may not play in future Snoopy Tournaments due to the time commitment involved and the increasing difficulty of compiling a team. However, DU will still have presence at future Snoopy Tournaments – in the foreseeable future anyway.